Monday, May 28, 2012
light and easy gluten free pasta salad
I love it when a meal is quick and easy, yet full of color and healthy too! This meal fits all of those categories and is a perfect ending to a warm summer's day! Truly, this meal takes only as much time to prepare as it does to boil the water and cook the pasta. You can get everything else ready to go while the pasta cooks. There is very little prep work involved! Can I get an amen! I mean who wants to be slaving over a hot stove in the summertime? Not me! I want to be outdoors enjoying the sunshine! We will save the "big" cooking for fall. In the previous post I served pesto eggs to my family for breakfast on Saturday morning and had quite a bit of pesto left in the fridge. That combined with some inspiration on instagram inspired this spring/ summer dish! This is another one of those "little a" recipes where you add a little a this and a little a that depending on how big or how small you want your salad to be. Everything is done to taste. No measuring involved! Yay!
This is the first recipe I made with ingredients from my garden this year. My arugula is ready to be harvested and the thyme is from my garden as well. Soon I will also have tomatoes and green beans! I also try to keep fresh lemons on hand at all times as they add so much flavor and freshness to cooking. Mix everything together minus the lemon and then drizzle a bit of fresh squeezed lemon onto each plate before serving! Do this to taste! Yummy!!
1 package of your favorite gluten free spiral noodles
Cherry tomatoes- halved
kalamata olives- pitted
green beans- cleaned and halved then blanched
arugula- cleaned and chopped into large pieces
fresh thyme- leaves slid off of stems
fresh squeezed lemon.
And I had to include this photo of my youngest with that dog! She is a magnet to dogs! I mean she's crazy for them. This sweet puppy was licking her all over her face. (gross!) and I caught Emma's reaction as he pulled away! So cute!
Here I am harvesting the arugula. You can also see the lettuce and radishes coming up. Behind me carrots will soon be popping through. On the trellis will be green beans and there are also snow peas in the corner you can't see. I LOVE this time of year!!!